Linda MacArthur Miele
Mrs. Miele started to dance at age 3 in Boston. At age 11 she moved to New York City to further her studies and joined George Balanchine's School of American Ballet. By age 14, she had become the youngest member accepted by George Balanchine into the New York City Ballet Company. Mrs. Miele has performed ballet in Paris, Rome, Athens, Venice, Jerusalem, London, Dubrovnik, Tel-Aviv, Florence, Salzburg, and Montreal. Most of her performances, however, were at Lincoln Center at the New York State Theater. Having worked closely with George Balanchine, Mrs. Miele moves naturally into the area of choreography. She has been appointed a repetiteur for the Balanchine Trust, which entitles her to choreograph ballet and dance in the master style of George Balanchine. With some 30 ballets to her credit, Mrs. Miele is Maine's premiere choreographer.
Ms. Csoboth studied classical ballet in New York City at American Ballet Theatre with teachers such as Robert Joffrey -- founder of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Valentina Perejslavic, and Igor Schwetzoff. She became a member of the American Ballet Theatre Choreographer's Showcase and performed with them in New York. Ms. Csoboth finished her education in New York City as an art major and received awards and grants for her work. Ms. Csoboth has designed and staged full length classical ballets for Maine State Ballet for the past 25 years. She has received rave reviews for the costumes and scenic designs for these Maine State Ballet productions. She is also on the dance faculty of Maine State Ballet. Ms. Csoboth has also been costume designer for the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre and has designed many of the Opera's productions.
Assistant Director, Choreographer
A Maine native and All-State athlete, Mr. Davis brings athleticism to his work as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Favorite MSB roles include Franz in Coppelia, Basilio in Don Quixote, Seigfried in Swan Lake, and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Audiences have also seen him perform musical theater at Maine State Music Theatre. His training in the Balanchine style under New York City Ballet’s Linda MacArthur Miele and Adam Luders led him to a love of neoclassical ballet. He has choreographed and staged several ballets with MSB and Florida Ballet. He has also taught at the National Ballet Schools in Norway and Sweden, as well as in the U.K. Mr. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in History and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine, and is a certified Maine teacher.
Maine State Ballet's most prolific ballerina, Janet epitomizes the dream of every aspiring young dancer. Audiences have applauded her as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the Firebird in Maine State Ballet's premiere production of The Firebird and many other roles. Equally comfortable teaching tap, jazz and ballet, Janet has choreographed for musical productions and for “Best of Broadway”. An integral part of the artistic staff, Ms. Davis assists with casting, coaching dancers, and staging all of Maine State Ballet's repertoire.
Robert Lehmann is Professor of Music at the Osher School of Music at the University of Southern Maine where he conducts the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is Music Director of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra and the White Mountain Bach Festival. He holds degrees in Violin Performance from the University of the Pacific, the Eastman School and Boston University, and has been a fellow at the Aspen Festival's American Academy of Conducting and at the Conductors Institute at Bard College. Dr. Lehmann has concertized as violinist and conductor, in his native Mexico, throughout the US, Central America, Europe, and Ukraine. He has been of frequent guest conductor with the Portland Symphony, and has conducted All-State and Festival Orchestras from Maine to California and Hawaii. He has been an adjudicator the National Orchestra Festival at the ASTA National Convention and is in demand as a performer, conductor, teacher, speaker, and is listed in Who's Who in American Music. We are excited to have him as part of the Maine State Ballet family.
Office Supervisor: Laurie Reynolds
Production Manager: Fred Bernier
Company Physical Therapist: David Reese, Falmouth Physical Therapy
Bookkeeper: Cathy Austin, Maine Bookkeeping
Company Photographers: C.C. Church Photography, Janet Davis, Emma Davis, Madeline Miele and Kristen Rollins
Graphic Designer: Jennifer Steele, Steele Design Studios
Company Physician: Michele LaBotz, MD
Merrill Auditorium Production Staff
Technical Director: Dave Herrman
Lighting Director: Plato Skinsacos